Celebrate the Legacy of Dad’s Love
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The bond between a father and child is irreplaceable. To a kid, Dad is a hero of mythic proportions: a model for strength, caring, and healthy masculinity. To a father, his child is the ultimate source of joy and love. To celebrate this unique bond, we’ve assembled this list of 10 special ways kids and dads can spend Father’s Day together.
10 Things to Do With Dad on Father’s Day
Father’s Day is a special day when kids can get creative and invite their superheroes into their own little worlds. This is the perfect time for play, jokes, and adventures, all of which will create precious memories and strengthen your lifelong bonds.
While gifts and cards can be a wonderful way to show Dad how important he is, the most precious Father’s Day gift of all is quality time with his children. These Father’s Day ideas are all about celebrating the joy of being together.
#1 A Backyard Picnic
Enjoying fresh air and a delicious meal with Dad is a great way for kids to spend Father’s Day. Cooking gives kids a chance to take on responsibilities and show off their skills with their dad’s guidance. Kids can help plan the menu and even pick out special treats to share with Dad. A backyard picnic or barbecue is the perfect opportunity for laughter and learning.
Now is the time to share culinary secrets, teach kids to prepare and assemble simple foods, and celebrate how much they’ve learned and grown with their dad’s help. No matter what’s cooking, eating a meal you cooked together will brighten Father’s Day for everyone gathered on the picnic blanket.
#2 Fishing & Camping Trips
Pack up the rods, bait, and boots, and head out for a day of fishing. Offering opportunities for kids to practice new skills and learn about where their food comes from, fishing is also a valuable chance to spend time in nature. For kids, such activities are special adventures that they’ll remember for years to come, especially once they’ve experienced the excitement of eating a fish they caught themselves (with Dad’s help).
If Dad and the kids are up for some extra adventure, camping is a wonderful chance to spend quality time together and get away from the distractions of screen time, school, and work. Surrounded by the serenity of the natural world, you can focus on what’s really important: each other. Singing around a campfire, roasting marshmallows, biking, and going for hikes are all great ways to enjoy a camping trip together.
For young kids who aren’t yet ready for a camping trip, you can still get away from the bustle by pitching a tent in the backyard and sleeping under the stars.
#3 Epic Fort Day
For the perfect indoor vacation, you can get away from the comfort of your living room. Building a blanket fort with Dad is a fun way for younger kids to exercise their imaginations with creative play and teamwork. Being in a blanket fort makes everything more special, from reading stories together to enjoying snacks in the comfort of your cozy castle.
#4 Fire Pit Fun
You don’t have to head out into the woods to enjoy s’mores and campfire fun with your little ones. This is another great way for kids to practice outdoor skills and learn about fire safety, preparing food, and more. Create a memorable Father’s Day evening by giving the kids a space to participate in campfire storytelling, roasting marshmallows, and hanging out by the fire at sunset with their dad.
#5 Build a Birdhouse
Kids love crafting projects, especially if they get to experience the pride and satisfaction of building something that will last for years. Carpentry projects offer the chance for little ones to learn new skills under supervision. If Dad isn’t experienced with woodworking, you can still build something together: purchase a kit for easy assembly and you can learn and work together.
This Father’s Day idea also teaches kids to care for animals and learn about the wildlife that surrounds them. For bonus points, get a birdwatching book and have the kids try to identify the birds that come to the theater.
#6 Volunteer Together
Kids are never too young to learn the value of selfless actions and caring for others and the planet. When we volunteer with our kids, we show them how good it feels to do something nice for other people, animals, and the environment.
By showing kindness, we help our kids grow up to be good citizens of the world and, most importantly, we lead them by example. Dads can help their little ones learn about empathy, responsibility, and generosity, all the qualities that make for a wonderful father—making this a truly special and meaningful activity for Father’s Day.
#7 Car Detail Day
This idea is another great way for kids to learn new skills while spending quality time with their dad. Taking care of a vehicle is a skill that will last them a lifetime. Little ones can experience the pride of helping their dad clean or fix the family car, becoming miniature mechanics for the day.
Kids love feeling helpful, and such an act will boost their self-confidence. And for dad, this is a perfect opportunity to share their knowledge, skills, and wisdom with their kids in a practical way.
#8 Backyard Sports
Break out the wiffle ball, flag football, or soccer. Plan out some relay races, set up your own carnival games with prizes, or declare a water balloon fight. The sky is the limit, and kids will love it all.
Even the simplest games such as Hide and Seek, Capture the Flag, or Manhunt can be amazing ways to fill Father’s Day with laughter, joy, and excitement.
#9 Miniature Golf
For dads and kids who love lighthearted fun and a bit of competition, organizing a mini-golf tournament can be a great way to spend quality time together on Father’s Day. You can go to a mini-golf course or set up your own course at home. Kids will love the colorful surroundings at the mini-golf course and get excited about constructing their own. Plus, golf teaches problem-solving and coordination.
#10 Bowling & Laser Tag
For dads and kids who love a good game, going bowling or playing laser tag can be the perfect choice if you are looking for an exciting, high-energy activity for Father’s Day. Active kids will love the chance to get away from their routine for a thrilling, competitive game day with Dad. For an extra special day, follow up the games with a treat or meal—you’ll have earned it!
Father’s Day may only come around once a year, but the unique bond between father and child is something we celebrate with our actions and words every single day. This holiday is a chance to recognize the love and hard work of parenthood, and there’s no better way to do that than by spending time together.
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